The Genius of "xerox_kitty"

This is not a blog about the actual mental capacities of our venerable mod; this is just a blog about her name. What the what? Yup. Like many of you, my mind is constantly on the Vine. Just this morning I was thinking about Garrison Kane and how I've done very little for his page. Then I thought about that one story he and Copycat have in that one issue of Wolverine. (That was an odd one.) Then I was thinking about Copycat in general. That's when the whole xerox_kitty thought came to my mind.

For a quick reference point, Copycat has the mutant ability to take on the image and powers of anybody that she has prolonged exposure to. Her most famous ruse was when she fooled Cable by taking on the persona of Domino.

Now take xerox_kitty. For those who have never thought of it: a xerox machine makes copies and a kitty is merely another name for a cat. (Don't flame me by saying a kitty is a baby cat. Some people still call grown cats kitties.) xerox_kitty is simply a play on the name Copycat. (Sorry, love, that your dash was turned into an underscore.) So, why did she take on this name and accompanying avatar? I'm sure it was for the same reason the "real" Copycat was able to take on the names and likenesses of other people: prolonged exposure. I can't vouch for this claim, but I'm sure that with all xerox_kitty's knowledge of the New Mutants/X-Force, as well as her general knowledge of that era of books, that our mod found some type of reason to name herself after the blue-skinned beauty.

And now this is what I was really thinking about this morning: Why didn't she just call herself Copycat? Was the name taken? Or was there something deeper? As I see it, and based on my knowledge of the comic character, Copycat could certainly copy someone's likeness and persona, but she was still Vanessa Carlysle underneath it all. She was the same as the people she imitated but she was also different. The same can be inferred from xerox_kitty; it's not only a clever name, but it shows how the mod isn't Copycat exactly, she's Copycat but still xerox_kitty underneath it all. The same but different.

I don't know if all this went into the selection of the name, but it's a great name, nonetheless. (And here is where xerox_kitty herself steps in calls this whole blog bullocks, sets the record straight, and I return to wiki editing.)

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Posted by xerox_kitty
xerox-kitty Wishes She Looks Like This In Real Life!

Ha ha! Oh bless ya! It's just such a dorky name that beggars a lawuit for copyright infringement ;) Really, it's not clever at all... Originally it's an old old name I thought up about 15 years ago, when there were a lot fewer characters in the X-Universe. Back then Copycat was still linked to X-Force, Deadpool & Cable (even though she very rarely appeared) and I loved blue-skinned characters (like Namorita too). And to be honest, back then I was just such an X-Freak that I really liked the idea of making a name with a couple of Xs in it (dork!!).

I'd not used it for over a decade when I discovered Comic Vine. Somehow the name resurrected itself; I don't remember consciously deciding on using it again... xerox-kitty has a life of her own! Scary!

And I often feel like writing "Kitty" under the Xerox logo on the fax machine at work ;)

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Posted by Renchamp

@xerox_kitty: Ha! I'll take a humorous explanation over a cerebral one any day. But your unconscious decision only validates my point. Good on ya, sis. And thanks for not calling complete bullocks.

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Posted by xerox_kitty

@Renchamp: It's funny, and a little weird to have this kind of attention. But it's sweet too. Although you've definitely thought about it a little too much... certainly more than I have ;)

It's fun when people make the connection between the name & the userpic. As Vanessa isn't a well known character, it' almost a Masonic way of distinguishing the hardcore X-Force/Deadpool fans ;)

Random fact for the evening: There's a real Copycat! CC is the world's first cloned kitty, and has had kittens of her own :}

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Posted by Renchamp

@xerox_kitty said:

@Renchamp: It's funny, and a little weird to have this kind of attention. But it's sweet too. Although you've definitely thought about it a little too much... certainly more than I have ;)

I blame my English degree. I fear the day I stumble upon some deeper meaning behind Killer Z's name.

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Posted by thehummingbird

Haha I had always thought it was really cute, but now I see it, that is really clever.

Posted by SC

!!! I remember vividly when I realized this as well, and uhm yeah. lol Copycat is awesome (so is XK) oh, oh and so is Nocturne... *red* Oh and great, funny, blog.

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Posted by RazzaTazz
@xerox_kitty said:

@Renchamp: It's funny, and a little weird to have this kind of attention. But it's sweet too. Although you've definitely thought about it a little too much... certainly more than I have ;)

It's fun when people make the connection between the name & the userpic. As Vanessa isn't a well known character, it' almost a Masonic way of distinguishing the hardcore X-Force/Deadpool fans ;)

Random fact for the evening: There's a real Copycat! CC is the world's first cloned kitty, and has had kittens of her own :}

I am far from a hardcore X Force/Deadpool fan but now I know the secret as well!  Thats a cool name, I never made that connection before, so much better than Razzatazz
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